Quin Hilyer makes the case for my guy in South Carolina. In addition to stressing Thompson’s conservative cred, Hillyer also makes an interesting point about the effect a strong Fred showing could have on the political process.
One thing Fred Thompson has been right about all along is that these presidential campaigns start way too early. South Carolina can force the pundit class to slow things down in an intelligent way and let voters take a good, long time examining all the candidates, by keeping the solidly conservative Thompson alive in the race and keeping the entire outcome well up in the air. Iowans or Floridians might have other agendas, but Carolinians know the value of taking the time to get things right.